What's the fuss about podcasts?

What's the fuss about podcasts?

From what is a podcast to why they are becoming so popular, here is what you need to know! 

Earphone and cellphone with screen showing the word podcast
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Currently, there are 464.7-million podcast listeners globally, according to a Demand Sage's report on 24 January 2024. The publication also states that there are over five-million podcasts with over 70-million episodes as of 2024.

What is a podcast?

A podcast is a piece of audio that is packaged and made available on a streaming platform that informs, inspires, entertains, or engages its audience. 

Although they are almost like radio shows, what distinguishes podcasts from radio shows is that they exist online and can be accessed anytime. 

Where to find podcasts?

Popular platforms that have podcasts are - YouTube, Apple Podcasts, Spotify,  Iono, Audible, and Stitcher. 

Others are hosted on social media platforms such as Facebook. 

When and how to listen to podcasts?

What makes podcasts great is that you can listen to them whenever you want. Some people choose to listen to podcasts while driving or traveling, others while busy with household chores, and some while exercising, or when relaxing. 

Mobile is the leading method of consuming podcasts. 


JacPod is Jacaranda FM's go-to place for quality podcasts to listen to. 

It is a platform where you will find interesting topics from experts in their fields. Listeners can find the JacPod app on their App Store.

Listen to Jacaranda FM's most popular podcasts below:
Mevrou Mervou with Gerda de Sousa & Dianne Broodryk:
True Crime South Africa - Die Afrikaanse Weergawe
Don't Hold Back - Say It Loud

Click here to see a list of more of our podcasts

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